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Questions tagged [wood]

For questions involving wood as a construction material, either as lumber or finished features of a home.

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Mantle mount installation

Good morning, I have a mantle mount that I would like to install over the fire place, currently, I have wood paneling over the brick, I want to install to the wood, but I cant seem to locate, the ...
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Sealant/joining compound for kitchen laminate worktop installation

What is the recommended sealant and joining product for use with laminate kitchen worktops? I have a butt joint within 10cm of the kitchen sink, and water has penetrated the joint and expanded the ...
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Removable Bracket for Wood

I am hoping to bracket two pieces of wood together at in a removable fashion (parts of a table that can be disassembled). Through research I found hanger bolts which look close to what I would want, ...
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Need ideas on putting drywall on old walls with plywood

I have old walls with plywood and on top of it there are wood battens. I want to put the drywall to make it look nice, since currently to me it looks more of old style. I have taken off one of the ...
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Looking to pull together assorted wooden furniture

As you can see in the attached photo (apologies for the mess), I've collected wooden furniture from different sources over the last few years. Just having moved to a new condo with a big enough ...
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Is it safe to build a drop down table to a wooden wall?

I have a wooden wall (I just moved in, so I don't know which wood) 6cm thick. I want to build an IKEA Norbo drop down table (https://www.ikea.com/de/de/p/norbo-wandklapptisch-birke-80091713/). The ...
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safe distance for re-drilling nail holes

I drilled at wrong place inside the window frame when installing blinds, about 1/2 inch off, is it safe to drill a new hole 1/2 inch away from the old one? edit: Please see picture, it's another ...
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Will 2x4 remain straight?

I was able to straighten a slightly warped 10-foot piece of pressure-treated wood with clamps. Will it warp again? If so, is there anything I can do so that it doesn’t warp? This 2x4 is being used ...
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How to build a mantel on rough stone fireplace

I have a very rough stone fireplace for which I'd like to hang a new mantel. Eventually I want to hang a flat screen and the new mantel will protect it from heat and such. I have noodled this project ...
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Securing a new wooden floor to a steel framed horse box

I am currently working on a renovation project where I am converting a old Horse trailer (box) into a mobile bar. As part of this project I have had to replace the old flooring in the box. Previously ...
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How do I repair my stair bannister?

My stairs bannister are made of small wood posts nailed to the ramp. The whole thing have always been quite fragile. After 10 years, a couple posts came loose and most show a gap between the posts and ...
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White spirit and wire wool to remove paint traces from wood

I've been stripping paint from some softwood beams using both stripper and a heat gun (very stubborn patches and I have no idea what the paint type is - we've only owned the house for a few months). I'...
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Water coming up from under stone tiles

I have water seeping up from stone tile in a first floor mud room. I checked in the basement ceiling below these tiles and there does not appear to be any wetness and the water also isn’t coming from ...
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Is the 2“x4” backing strong enough to hold the server rack

I just pickup some 2x4 from home depot, not exactly know what kind of lumber, and cut it about 35" , secured to the 3 studs with 1/4" X 3-1/2" lag screws with 2 on each stud (top-bottom). The lag ...
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When cutting wood do you add the width of the blade after the line mark?

Im new to using a circular saw and would like to improve my accuracy, If I have a blade that is 2mm thick do I add this on after the current line that I have marked and then cut down that? Thanks
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How to hide fasteners on a horizontal wood fence?

We’re about to build a horizontal wood fence, and I’d prefer not being able to see the fasteners on the face of each plank. What’s the best way of achieving this?
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Which bolt pattern to sister a ceiling joist?

I need to sister a ceiling joist — put a 2x6 8ft piece next to existing joist, and fasten with 1/2 inch bolts. It will be supported by a stud wall on one end (but not other end) Anybody knows what ...
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How to take care of a butcher block countertop

I have a kitchen countertop which is wood. It is not polished. After 3 years of using, I have many scratches,small black points (I guess mold) and it is getting worse. I have tried to clean it with ...
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Cedar 2x4 deflection across an 8’ span

Ran a few calculators but, well, don’t understand the results. Building a table for a large object shaped somewhat like a Green Egg grill. Design is similar to this: Build your own big green egg ...
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Drill won’t go through vanity to install knobs

I’ve tried two different drill bits but they just won’t go through the vanity so I can add knobs. Any idea why it won’t work?
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Trimmed too deep on door side, can I save this edge?

On the long side of my door, I was trimming using a saw (I know, I now own a planer) and my angle was too deep. I realized it and stopped, so now I have a cut with the outside piece still attached at ...
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Can I use slot shelving in a wooden shed?

Our wooden shed in the back garden is filling up with items that are currently stashed on the floor. I'm planning to construct some kind of shelving to store things. Whilst none of the items are ...
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Help identify wood & stain for tongue & groove + beam cabin ceiling popular in Poconos (and possibly other woodsy areas)

I have cathedral popcorn ceilings in my house and am looking to reproduce a tongue & groove + beam type ceiling that is/was very popular in a lot of chalet type houses in the Pocono mountains (and ...
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fissures in joist: natural or insect damge

I have noticed that one of the joists in our crawl space has a small crack in it, and near to it are some small (1-2 inch long) fissures. I didn't notice it at the time, but in the photos (see below) ...
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How can I support a spinning log for a playground set?

I've been slowly building an outdoor play area for my kids (4 energetic children aged from 2-11). One of my neighbors recently put a large number (~25) of wood posts out for the trash, and we saved ...
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Wood filler for rotted areas

I have a complex fascia consisting of a 1x4 over a 1x6 over a 2x8 in a stepped fashion. We have some rot issues in some locations. With one of the worst offenders, I had to replace a 16 foot area of ...
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Gap between ceiling and woodvrafters

There is a gap between my ceiling and wood rafters. The house was built in the late 90s. My painter is talking about installing 1/4 roll to seal the gap. Is that the best way?
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Rafter tie sizing

Just bought a house in Ohio and the rafter ties in the garage are in pretty bad shape. Looks like the previous owner store a lot of heavy items on them and they are sagging and bowed. The garage is ...
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How much weight can a 2x4 hold

I wanna make a shelf 16' long 24" deep. I want to be able to put on this about 500lb. The 2x4 will sit on a 4x4 so this is good I think. The question is if a 16' 2x4 will hold it.
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Was my approach to repairing stripped holes in a door jamb appropriate?

Two of the screw holes on the doorframe of a bedroom in my house are completely stripped out, to fill them in I soaked small strips of paper towel in wood glue and carefully stuffed them deep until ...
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What species of wood floor do I have?

We are refinishing our wood floor and want to make sure that we make the right choices. Initially, multiple people suggested that it's pine wood but now after sanding our flooring guy thinks it's ...
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How to fix my door [duplicate]

I can't afford a new door so how can I repair it. How much will it cost me to install a new door
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Installing pull-up bars. Will this design hold?

I am installing a series of pull-up bars all the way down my hallway, kind of like really spaced out monkey bars, and would like some advice on my proposed design, b/c I have zero experience with ...
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Can stained MDF be restored?

I embarked on an ambitious project to restore a piece of furniture by stripping it, sanding it back, re-staining, and re-varnishing. The stripping and sanding part has turned into an absolute ...
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Temporary attach wood/lino to stage

Although, this isn't exactly home improvement - I hope it's OK to ask this. If not, please flag for deletion. I'm currently working on designing a theatre set. Our director would like a portion of ...
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How do I take off my top track sliding doors?

How do I take these sliding doors off? There is a post in the middle of them that prevents me lifting them up off the track and angling them out from the bottom. Thank you in advance p.s. they are top ...
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1“ x 4” tongue and groove [closed]

How much weight will 1" x 12" x 4' tongue and groove hold if it's supported on both ends? I am building a wheelchair ramp at a private residence and wonder if the tongue and groove will hold that ...
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White mold (?) in wooden bench's crevices: how to test and clean

I have a wooden bench that by design has crevices and recently I have noticed white mold-like things in these crevices: How do I tell if this is mold or not? In any case, how I properly care for ...
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Should I remove old wood glue before reinstalling a board on a table, and how?

We have a coffee table we made with four 2x4 planks stained and glued to a tabletop. About a year later, one of the planks had loosed so I ripped it off and I was planning to reapply the wood glue ...
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extend height of wooden railing [closed]

My house has a loft with a wooden railing. The railing is only 30" high - apparently allowed because builder called it "unfinished storage space", or not "habitable" space, which means it could ...
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How do I go about leveling out streak marks in my wood stain?

I used knotty alder wood and sanded to 320 with a random orbital sander. Knotty Alder Min-Wax Pre-Stain Conditioner Min-Wax Oil-Based Stain Applied with t-shirt rag I see streak marks in my staining ...
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Adding hinges to steel box tube that is going to be powder coated - advice

So, I've designed a frame built of 3mm thick 5 x 5mm steel box tube, which will have inset wooden panels. This will eventually become a unit for an aquarium. All good in practice but the front wooden ...
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Can I cut a piece of newel post base sticking out of slanted ceiling?

We have recently bought our new house. It has two floors, and in the living room there is a small section of slanted ceiling below the staircase. In that section, there is a square piece that sticks ...
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what this gray chewy filler called?

can anyone tell me what this product is? there is a grey chewy filler with paper inside used to fill bigger gaps on my staircase. the smaller gaps are filled with caulk.
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What is the safest and quietest practical lightweight electric saw to cut 2x4 to use inside an apartment?

I have a miter saw but that thing is loud. Same with the circular saw. Moreover, while the miter saw can be used on the ground with not even a table, the circular saw is too dangerous without a full ...
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What kind of saw would I use to cut a shape out of a panel?

It's is a nice even cut trying to find out what kind of saw.
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How can I minimize brush marks in polyurethane where wood grain meets from different directions?

Am finishing dining table that has wood grain that meets in center of table and goes in different directions. Using thinned, oil poly, applied with ox-tail brush. Have applied 1 coat. Doesn't look ...
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Having issues removing old tile

I recently started a project to do new floors throughout a house I just bought. We are gonna do about 1600 sq ft in total including the kitchen 2 living rooms, dinning room, and hall. Previously the ...
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How can I cut and glue brittle foam panels onto my van without breaking it?

I brought some very thin (1mm) wood panel strips to glue into my van (over the insulation to make it look nicer). However the wood is very brittle and thin, I have to attach it to some curved ...
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How can I glue/ attach wood to foam insulation in my van?

I have a van which I've insulated with insulation foam (insulation glass fibre cotton mat, picture attached). I want to attach 1mm thickness wood panel strips (its very paper like). It's a cosmetic ...